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South America 2015
South America 2015
Experience South America as you gaze at the wonder of Machu Picchu, be awed by the roar of Iguazú Falls and cruise in luxury through the Amazon, the Galápagos Islands and amazing Antarctica.
Antarctica
Discover the world’s last great wilderness, Antarctica, on an all-inclusive journey with Scenic Tours. Enjoy unrivalled access to the Antarctic peninsula, visit its islands and beaches and enjoy Zodiac excursions out onto the ice.

South America & Antarctica

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New 2015 Program

We're proudly announcing our 2015 program with a number of exciting enhancements and exclusive experiences sure to truly take guests into the heart of South America.
 
 
Our new program provides new opportunities to cruise the Chilean Fjords on the luxurious mega yacht, Le Boréal into the heart of the inner Fjords where few vessels can reach. Here, guests will enjoy zodiac excursions to get up close and personal with the hidden wonders of the spectacular glaciers. And they will explore Puerto Natales with the breath-taking backdrop of the Torres del Paine National Park.

South America, Panama, Cuba and Antarctica are worlds unto themselves. From lost cities, extraordinary wildlife and the great mystery of Antarctica, to passionate people, some of the world’s best cuisine, and more pristine wilderness than anywhere else on the planet, these are lands that will really get into your blood.
 
Notice for Australians entering Chile – Reciprocity Fee Increase
Please note that the reciprocity fee for Australian Passport holders to enter Chile has recently increased.  The fee is now USD $117 which is payable on arrival, prior to entering Customs and Immigration.  Fee can be paid in cash or by credit card at the Reciprocity Fee booths.
 
 
Notice for Australians attending FIFA 2014 World Cup
Australians need a visa to enter Brazil. For 2014 Word Cup ticket holders, visas will be issued free of charge.

Visa applications can be completed online by following instructions here.
 
South America & Antarctica Webinar May 2014
Thinking of visiting South America or Antarctica?

Our expert Product Manager Louise Hill will provide you with a fascinating insight into this amazing destination via a free online webinar. From the white wilderness of Antarctica to the glaciers of Patagonia, the dolphins of the Amazon, the excitement of Rio, awe inspiring Machu Picchu and the unforgettable secrets of the Galapagos, Louise will inform and inspire you.

Join our South America and Antarctica webinar on Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEST. Limited capacity. Click here to RSVP.
 
Amazing Cultures & Stunning Landscapes
culture Vibrant cultures are everywhere, from Argentinean tango dancers, Peruvian market sellers and the pulsating atmosphere in Rio; and conviviality is infectious in the colourful cities of Quito, Havana and Buenos Aires. A visual feast unfolds with Cuzco’s diverse architecture and nothing beats breathing in the view from atop Machu Picchu; whilst our renowned experience in luxury cruising reaches the remotest of places; on luxury expedition cruise into the heart of Antarctica, an intimate cruise through the Amazon or Galápagos Islands or a panoramic ocean cruise around the coastline of Argentina and through the Chilean Fjords.
 
Unique Itineraries
Torres del Paine Choose from a range of 17 unique tour and cruise itineraries all expertly designed to maximise time at key destinations and allow for gradual altitude adjustment in Peru. Our range of fabulous itineraries uncover all the icons and showcase the hidden riches that lie further in the heart of the continent.  Days at altitude are relaxed and our exclusive extras ensure the most comfortable experience. Only Scenic Tours include a Medical Assist service in the Peruvian Highlands, a personal oxyshot canister and bottled water for all touring days. Our rail journeys through the Andes ensure you will witness its extraordinary scenery in the beautiful light of day and our luxury cruises are timed to allow the best access into the most remote and beautiful areas. Best of all our tours and cruises are scheduled at the most incredible times of the year for culture, experiences and weather.  Your tour is hosted by one of our professional Tour Directors who manage every aspect of your trip from arrival to departure. 
 
The Amazon

Thought to be the oldest tropical forest in the world, the Amazon is as unique as it is remote. Geographic variations in sunlight, rainfall, temperature and soils combine to create an extraordinary exotic haven for a multitude of flora and fauna.

Featured Amazon Tours

South American Adventure & Amazon Cruising

South American Adventure, Galapagos Islands & Amazon Cruising

 
Antarctica

There is no place quite like the last frontier of the white continent. This vast icy peninsula offers unbeatable vistas of extraordinary scenery and the amazing pops of polar life are truly dwarfed by the grandeur of glaciers, icebergs and mountains.

 
Argentina

With landscapes as diverse as glaciers and deserts contrasting with the voluptuous spill of colour and charisma that makes Buenos Aires famous, everyone from tango dancers to gauchos will sweep you in.

Featured Argentina Tours

Icons of South America

 
Brazil

From its stunning coastline of powdery white beaches to its pulsating cities, carnival spirit, exceptional icons and extraordinary breadth of rainforest; Brazil exudes atmosphere in absolute volumes.

Featured Brazil Tours

Grand South America & Galápagos Islands

 
Chile
Chile may be a narrow strip between the Andes and the Pacific but it boasts the world’s driest desert, glacial fields, volcanoes, geysers, beaches, fjords, islands and some of the world’s best wines.
 
Cuba

This stunning Caribbean archipelago is a step back in time. Cuba’s capital Havana is set against crystalline waters and a turbulent history, and pulses with a heady mix of music, street art, vintage cars and cigars.

Featuerd Cuba Tours

Grand South America, Cuba & the Panama Canal

 
Ecuador
Ecuador may be the continent’s second smallest country but it’s a kaleidoscope of nature showcasing volcanoes, exotic flowers, grasslands and forests en route from the Amazon to the Pacific. It is also home to the unique Galápagos Islands.
 
Galápagos Islands

The intriguing Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands with minimal human footprint. This ecological national park is also a biological marine reserve famed for its vast number of endemic species and contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

Featured Galápagos Islands Tours

Grand South America & Galápagos Islands

 
Panama

Tropical Panama boasts many sights including Panama City’s World Heritage-listed Casco Antiguo, but the most iconic is the historically significant and magnificent architectural masterpiece, the Panama Canal.

Featured Panama Tours

Grand South America, Cuba & the Panama Canal

 
Patagonia - New in 2013!

Straddling the southern tips of Argentina and Chile is Patagonia, a tranquil extravaganza of cascading waterfalls tumbling against towering peaks, enormous glaciers and shimmering white tree trunks, all framing the pristine Patagonian Fjords, natural phenomena produced by melting glaciers.

Featured Patagonia Tours

Grand South America, Cuba & The Panama Canal Including Patagonia

 
Peru

From the Incas, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley to the gastronomic and historical riches of Lima, and the exotic wilds of the Amazon; a journey through Peru is a fusion of ancient and modern natural and cultural wealth.

Featured Tours in Peru

South American Adventure & Galápagos & Amazon Cruising

 
At Scenic Tours, not only do we offer our guests five-star touring experiences, we also offer unforgettable, all-inclusive experiences that you will only see with us, whether it be travelling through the Andes in a glass-dome carriage or feeling the spray on your face from the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, these special highlights will make your journey truly memorable.
 
Scenic Enrich

Scenic Enrich events are our included immersion highlights, many of them unique and exclusive to Scenic Tours. Scenic Enrich takes you into the heart of each culture ensuring you truly ‘live’ the experiences of cultural and culinary wealth. These include a range of events from sharing morning tea with the school children of a small community that Scenic Tours support to trying on some of the colourful costumes at Rio’s parade site, the Sambodromo. Our newest experiences are outlined below and all Scenic Enrich activities are outlined in each itinerary.

During your Scenic Tour of South America your Scenic Enrich experiences include;

Cuzco – Bingham’s Machu Picchu
In 1911, Yale scholar Hiram Bingham re-discovered Machu Picchu and a number of artefacts he
found are now on show at the Casa Concha Museum in Cuzco, a Spanish colonial mansion built
on top of the palace of Tupac Inca Yupanqui.

Iguazú Falls - Parque das Aves
Parque das Aves (the Bird Park) is situated just outside the national park at Iguazú Falls. Witness the
rare and colourful birds flying in huge aviaries specially designed to blend into the surrounding subtropical
rainforest.

Lima - A private Peruvian feast
Dating back to 1912 and re-fashioned in the 1930s after Lima’s Presidential Palace, the grand Casa
Garcia Alvarado promises an authentic experience of pisco sours and hors d’oeuvre before a tour
of this historic house and a home cooked Peruvian feast with the Casa’s Garcia-Alvarado family.

Patagonia - Los Glaciers cruising
Enjoy a cruise through the Los Glaciers National Park navigating the iceberg barrier from the
Uppsala Channel, to the front of the Spegazzini Glacier and the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.

Patagonia – The El Calafate Glacarium
Located on the banks of Lago Argentino, the Glaciarium is a showcase of the Patagonian Icefields
and its glaciers. This ice museum is filled with impressive multimedia exhibits by noted Argentinian
designer Hector Barra and has a unique ‘glacierbar’.

Sacred Valley – The artistry of weaving
Chinchero is a small village in the Sacred Valley famous for its centuries old weaving techniques
used by the local Quechuan women. Discover this valued Incan tradition before lunching with the
owners of Hacienda Huayocarri, a local plantation manor.

 
Scenic FreeChoice

Scenic FreeChoice is our extra selection of activities and experiences offering the freedom and opportunity to enjoy the activities that interest you most and at the pace you prefer. Best of all they are not ‘optional extras’, they are included in your tour fare with nothing extra to pay.

Details of all Scenic FreeChoice activities are highlighted on the following pages and this selection will showcase the diversity of choice on all our tours.

Experience South America your way with our Scenic FreeChoice activities including:

Buenos Aires – Estancia visit
The estancias are tightly linked to Argentina’s cultural history and the fertile lowlands of the Pampas surrounding Buenos Aires. Journey to the livestock ranches that date back to Spanish colonial times, meet the family of a local estancia and enjoy a parilla (barbeque) lunch. This is
the land of the gauchos, the estancia’s horseback ranch workers and you will discover their fascinating stories.

NEW Buenos Aires – Eva Peron walking tour
Spend a day following the footsteps of Eva Peron, Argentina’s First Lady from 1946 to 1952. You’ll visit two museums that display Evita’s memorabilia, wander through her residence, tour her mausoleum and soak up the atmosphere of the balcony of Casa Rosada, site of her famed
political speeches.

NEW Lima – Historical and cultural city tour
Founded in 1535 and given the name ‘City of the Kings’, Lima’s historical centre boasts plenty of viceroy-era colonial treasures. Barranco is the city’s romantic and bohemian artistic haven, whilst upscale Miraflores boasts flower-filled parks and beaches. Discover it all on this cultural and historical city tour.

NEW Sacred Valley – Chinchero village ceremony
Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains near Cuzco and is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its early seventeenth century colonial church is built upon the foundations of an Inca temple. Enjoy lunch in the local family home and see an Andean priest’s ceremony to Mother Earth.

 
Icons Of South America

Partner Fly Free*

Partner Fly Free*

Spend 20 exceptional days witnessing the grandeur of South America’s most iconic sights including Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls and Rio de Janeiro.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642.

*Expires 31 August or until sold out.

 
South American Adventure, Galapagos & Amazon Cruising

Partner Fly Free*

SAA This amazing 30 day tour features Galápagos Islands and Amazon luxury cruising, plus icons of Quito, Buenos Aires, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Rio and Iguazú Falls.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642.

*Expires 31 August or until sold out.
 
Icons Of South America & Patagonian Adventure

Partner Fly Free*

SAIP

This exclusive tour covers Peru, Brazil and Argentina right down to Patagonia where you will discover Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642.

*Expires 31 August or until sold out.

 
Grand South America, Cuba, Panama Canal & Patagonia

Partner Fly Free*

SAG

Experience exotic Havana and historical Panama plus
the wonders of Patagonia, the Galápagos Islands, Santiago and the icons of South
America in 39 sensational days.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642.

*Expires 31 August or until sold out.

 

Why not extend your tour with one of our extensions? See the list below for all the available add ons. If you interested in extending your tour, please call us for further information.

 
Santiago One Night Stopover

Day 1 Santiago, Chile
Welcome to Santiago, the capital of Chile. On arrival you will be met by a Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Overnight Special Stay : Grand Hyatt Santiago. Exclusive to Scenic Tours.

Day 2 Santiago
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).

 
Santiago Two Night Stopover

Day 1 Santiago, Chile
Welcome to Santiago, the capital of Chile. On arrival you will be met by a Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Two Nights Special Stay : Grand Hyatt Santiago. Exclusive to Scenic Tours.

Day 2 Santiago
Scenic Enrich: Join your guide this morning for an easy walking tour of the Barrio Lastarria district to see the belle Époque landmarks, elegant streets and vibrant café society and stop for morning tea Chilean style. Continue on your Included tour to see all the highlights including the Presidential Palace and the Cerro San Cristobal for magnificent views over the city.

Day 3 Santiago
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).

 
Santiago Three Night Stopover

Day 1 Santiago, Chile
Welcome to Santiago, the capital of Chile. On arrival you will be met by a Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Three Nights Special Stay : Grand Hyatt Santiago. Exclusive to Scenic Tours.

Day 2 Santiago
Scenic Enrich: Join your guide this morning for an easy walking tour of the Barrio Lastarria district to see the belle Époque landmarks, elegant streets and vibrant café society and stop for morning tea Chilean style. Continue on your Included tour to see all the highlights including the Presidential Palace and the Cerro San Cristobal for magnificent views over the city.

Day 3 Santiago - Valparaíso
Venture to the coast this morning on your Included tour to discover the World Heritage site of Valparaíso. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Return to Santiago and enroute visit the picturesque Casablanca Valley Scenic Enrich: for an Included delicious lunch complemented with fine Chilean wines at a boutique winery.

Day 4 Santiago
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).

 
Galapagos Islands independent Luxury Cruise Pre-Tour Extension

New for 2014

Extend your tour of South America with an in-depth pre-tour cruise extension to the extraordinary eco museum that is the Galápagos Islands. Designed to link with selected departures on the Icons of South America, Icons of Peru and Icons  of South America and Patagonian Adventure tours, we are delighted to introduce Silversea Expedition’s new ship, the refined Silver Galápagos.

8 Day North Central Itinerary

  • Overnight Stay in Guayaquil
  • 6 night cruise on board the Silver Galápagos
  • Visit “Bird Island” home to over 70 bird species
  • Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises
  • Walk across lava fields and watch for lava lizards
  • Admire the antics of red footed and blue footed boobies
  • Explore natural lava tunnels and look for stalactites and stalagmites
  • Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano
  • Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters
  • Photograph colourful marine iguanas

8 Day Western Itinerary

  • Overnight Stay in Guayaquil
  • 6 night cruise on board the Silver Galápagos
  • Walk across spectacular lava fields
  • See pelicans and penguins along the beach
  • Swim and snorkel with green sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays
  • Encounter the largest colony of marine iguanas
  • Watch for a unique species of flightless cormorant
  • Learn of the islands’ whaling history and early Norwegian settlers
  • See wild flamingos (in season) and nesting sea turtles
  • Observe giant tortoises and sea lion colonies

 

 
11 Day Patagonia Extension
Day 1 Santiago, Chile
Welcome to Santiago, the capital of Chile. On arrival you will be met by a Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Two Night Special Stay: Grand Hyatt Santiago. Meals: D

Day 2 Santiago
Scenic Enrich: Take a walking tour of the Barrio Lastarria district to see the elegant streets and lively café society. Enjoy morning tea Chilean style in an upmarket café. Included visit to the Cerro San Cristobal for magnificent views. Meals: FB

Day 3 Santiago – Puerto Varas
Included flight to Puerto Montt in the heart of the Chilean Lakes District. Included tour to see the sights of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and the Angelmo fish market. Transfer to your luxurious hotel with a stunning location on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Two Night Special Stay: Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas. Meals: FB, L

Day 4 Chilean Lake District
The Chilean Lakes District boasts magnificent scenery framed by the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Included Scenic FreeChoice activity today, choose from (1) Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls; or (2) Frutillar and the German Colonial Museum; or (3) Senda Nativa Romahue Reserve. Scenic Enrich: Tonight dine at the elegant Restaurant Cumbres del Lago set on the shores of the Lake. Meals: FB,L,HD

Day 5 Puerto Varas – Patagonia
Included flight to Punta Arenas then take a scenic drive through the Patagonian countryside to Torres del Paine National Park. Your luxurious nature retreat is inside the park, on the shores of Lake Pehoé facing the Torres del Paine Peaks. Join your expedition guides for a briefing followed by dinner. Four Night Special Stay: Hotel Salto Chico. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: FB,L,D

Days 6-8 Torres del Paine National Park
Your exciting adventure into the heart of one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. Scenic Enrich: Over the next few days there is an Included range of activities for you to explore this region at your own pace, all escorted by one of the expert expedition guides. Choose to visit Grey Lake, touch an iceberg and walk around the lake to the spectacular viewpoint, or a tour driving in the National Park, stopping at all the spectacular viewpoints and looking for the native wildlife. Each evening the expedition guides will share with you the excursions available for the following day. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 9 Patagonia – El Calafate, Argentina
Savour the last views of Torres del Paine, travel to the border, clear customs and immigration and cross into Argentina. Transfer to El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National park in the Argentine Patagonia and Included visit to the Glaciarium to learn about the formation of the glaciers. Two Night Special Stay: Casa Los Sauces, El Calafate. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: FB,D

Day 10 Perito Moreno Glacier
Today is a highlight on your Included tour to explore the spectacular Los Glaciares National Park.  Cruise close to the face of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, with walls towering over forty metres (the equivalent height of a fifteen storey building). After an Included lunch, join your expert local guide on the boardwalk for dramatic views of the glacier from above. Meals: FB,L

Day 11 El Calafate
Your tour ends after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB
 
11 Day Patagonia Extension (Reverse Itinerary)
Day 1 El Calafate, Argentina
Welcome to El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National park in the Argentine Patagonia.  On arrival you will be met by a Scenic Tours Represnetative and transferred to your hotel. Take an  Included visit to the Glaciarium to learn about the formation of the glaciers.  Two Night Special Stay: Casa Los Sauces, El Calafate. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: FB

Day 2 Perito Moreno Glacier
Today is a highlight on your Included tour to explore the spectacular Los Glaciares National Park.  Cruise close to the face of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, with walls towering over forty metres (the equivalent height of a fifteen storey building). After an Included lunch, join your expert local guide on the boardwalk for dramatic views of the glacier from above. Meals: FB, L, D

Day 3 El Calafate - Patagonia, Chile
Travel to the border, clear customs and immigration and cross into Chile. Take a scenic drive into the Torres del Paine National Park where your luxurious nature retreat is inside the park, on the shores of Lake Pehoé facing the Torres del Paine Peaks. Join your expedition guides for a briefing followed by dinner. Four Night Special Stay: Hotel Salto Chico. Exclusive to Scenic Tours. Meals: FB, L, D

Days 4-6 Torres del Paine National Park
Your exciting adventure into the heart of one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. Scenic Enrich: Over the next few days there is an Included range of activities for you to explore this region at your own pace, all escorted by one of the expert expedition guides. Choose to visit Grey Lake, touch an iceberg and walk around the lake to the spectacular viewpoint, or a tour driving in the National Park, stopping at all the spectacular viewpoints and looking for the native wildlife. Each evening the expedition guides will share with you the excursions available for the following day. Meals: FB,L,D

Day 7 Patagonia - Puerto Varas
Savour the last views of Torres del Paine as you take a scenic drive through the Patagonian countryside Punta Arenas. Included flight to Puerto Montt in the heart of the Chilean Lakes District. Transfer to your luxurious hotel with a stunning location on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Two Night Special Stay: Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas. Meals: FB, D

Day 8 Chilean Lake District
The Chilean Lakes District boasts magnificent scenery framed by the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Included Scenic FreeChoice activity today, choose from (1) Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls; or (2) Frutillar and the German Colonial Museum; or (3) Senda Nativa Romahue Reserve. Scenic Enrich: Tonight dine at the elegant Restaurant Cumbres del Lago set on the shores of the Lake. Meals: FB, L, HD

Day 9 Puerto Varas - Santiago
Included tour to see the sights of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and the Angelmo fish market. Included flight to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Two Night Special Stay: Grand Hyatt Santiago. Meals: FB

Day 10 Santiago
Scenic Enrich: Take a walking tour of the Barrio Lastarria district to see the elegant streets and lively café society. Enjoy morning tea Chilean style in an upmarket café. Included visit to the Cerro San Cristobal for magnificent views of the city. Meals: F, D

Day 11 Santiago
Your tour ends after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included). Meals: FB
 

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